Family of woman who died during the camping holiday of 2015 horrified by police incompetence & # 39;
Three years after the body of the 21-year-old Lauren Agee was found in a lake in Tennessee, the head detective of the case admitted under oath that he did not interview people on the spot, was not looking for DNA evidence or an order rape kit before she rules the death of the woman as an accident.
In July 2015, Agee went camping with four friends during a popular three-day wakeboard event called Wakefest in Smithfield.
On the morning of July 26 she was seen floating down in the Center Hill Lake with his face down.
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What happened to Lauren? Lauren Agee, 21, was found dead in a lake in Tennessee during a camping holiday with friends and her death was ruled as an accident, but her family does not agree
Agee was found floating upside down in Center Hill Lake after reportedly falling off a cliff
Then-DeKalb County Sheriffs Detective Jeremy Taylor conducted a two-month investigation and concluded that Agee fell from a cliff into the lake and either died or drowned, reported Fox 17.
His report with his findings was only three paragraphs long.
Detective Jeremy Taylor, the head detective of the case without previous murder investigation, was deposed as part of a court case this summer, and admitted he could not talk to witnesses or find DNA or blood evidence
But Agee's mother, Sherry Smith, was not satisfied with the results of the probe and filed a $ 10 million unlawful death sentence in 2016 against the friends of her deceased daughter who were camping with her: Aaron Lilly, Brix Gambrell, Hannah Palmer, Christopher Stoudt.
The friends always denied any involvement in the death of Agee and were never accused of any wrongdoing.
As part of that lawsuit, Smith's lawyers deposed Detective Taylor in June 2018, requiring him to specify his investigation into Agee's death, revealing the gaping holes in the case.
During the recorded video, the now detective admitted that he did not listen to 911 calls that made the discovery of Agee's body, nor did he interview the people who had made these calls.
When asked why he had not talked to the callers, Taylor replied: "I just did not."
The ex-agent also said that he did not know when Agee had been seen alive for the last time, and he was not trying to talk to the residents of houseboats that were not far from the place where her body was recovered by fishermen.
In 2016, Agee's mother filed a $ 10 million unlawful death sentence against the friends of her late daughter who were camping with her, including Hannah Palmer (right)
None of the four friends, including Chris Stout (right) was ever accused of any wrongdoing in connection with her death
When asked if he was looking for blood files on the rocks at the campsite, he answered with a bowed head: "no, not specific, no".
The family of Agee hired a hydrologist who determined that if the young woman fell from the cliff where she and her friends camped, as Taylor's report claimed, it would have been impossible for her body to drive against the current in the bay. where her body eventually ended up.
During the deposition, the former detective Taylor admitted that he had not taken into account the current during his research, and he did not consider taking a diver to search for evidence in the lake.
& # 39; I did not. I just did not, "he said.
Taylor admitted that he had never carried out a murder case before and had no training in investigating murder cases.
He said that he did not attempt to collect possible DNA evidence under Agee's nails and requested a rape pack because the victim was presumably in her menstruation at the time of her death.
After seeing the inclusion of Taylor's deposition, Agee's mother said she was shocked & # 39; was through his answers.
The family of Agee hired a hydrologist who determined that if the young woman fell from the cliff where she and her friends camped, as Taylor's report claimed, it would have been impossible for her body to float against the current (photo )
The mother of Agee, Sherry Smith (right), used her savings to hire a private detective in an attempt to find out what really happened to her daughter
Dissatisfied with the results of the official investigation, Agee's mother used her savings to hire a private detective in February 2016 after the first police officer to respond to the scene, Chris Yarchuck, told her he did not agree with Taylor's findings.
& # 39; There is no accident, I go to the grave under the assumption that the girl is murdered, her body is moved and they hide the truth, & # 39; said Yarchuck to Fox17.
The friends of Agee told the police that they were all drunk when they returned to the campground and Agee with Stout fell asleep in a hammock near the edge of the cliff.
Dekalb County Sheriff's Patrick Ray admitted in July 2018 that former detective Taylor could have gathered more information
When they woke up the next morning, they said Agee was nowhere to be seen, and they thought she'd left to meet someone while wakeboarding.
Her friend Palmer told the police she was worried because Agee's slippers, phone and wallet were still on the campsite. Palmer said she was looking for her friend, assuming she would come running to the lake with her.
But the private detective of the Sheila Wysocki family claimed that autopsy photos show a strange sign in the young woman's chest and that Agee bled in her throat that suggested strangulation.
In March 2017, a judge rejected Smith's wrongful death sentence against her daughter's friends because she felt that there was insufficient evidence.
Dekalb County Sheriff's Patrick Ray admitted in July 2018 that former detective Taylor could have gathered more information, but he refused to say he should have.